OT: The Great Upstate/Downstate NY Argument
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04-08-2007, 09:12 PM
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After reading this thread, I've come up with a new definition: If you're familiar with terms like "Southern Tier" "North Country" "Central New York" and "Western New York" then you live upstate. I'd never heard any of these classifications until I moved to Ithaca, it was all just "upstate."
Actually, my classifications came from what people call the area in which they're from. I never heard the term North Country until I met someone who grew up near Plattsburgh (now my sister-in-law). I never really heard the term Western NY until my sister went to school in Fredonia and I never considered Rochester part of it until I met her future husband.
The boundaries can't be defined by those who aren't from the area. That's because, for the most part, they're ignorant to the things that make the region what it is. Accents rule the day too. Western NYers sound like they're from the MidWest while those form the North Country sound like they're from Canada.
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